Trail Art

A couple weeks ago we were out hiking on a beautiful Sunday morning. Some urban trail art caught my eye. 

I'm not exactly an advocate of etching into tree bark, but since for me it's found art, I didn't see any harm in highlighting it.

I always wonder who these initials belong to.  Do you?  I also wonder if those couples who had the passion to carve their entwining into a tree are still together.  What do you think?

Harry And Charlie Wag The Wissahickon: Hike Three

Last week we were thrust into summer for a few days.  I took Harry and Charlie out for a hike on the hottest day.  Luckily, a good portion of our trail was running distance (if you're a dog) to the creek.

We encountered other hikers with and without dogs, runners, mountain bikers, fishermen.  It was a busy day in the Wissahickon!

If you can make out the figure in this photo, the area where he is fishing is a popular swimming spot for dogs and their humans.

On the other side of the bridge, where we were, is where we take Harry and Charlie to swim on hot summer days.  Apparently, some sort of dunking has been practiced here for a long time.

Plaque marking the Baptismal Pool

It's a challenge for me to take photos of the pups on these hikes because they are always in motion.  I did snap a couple of them cooling off.

We hope to venture out again this week.  The details of our hike follow below.

Facts About Hike #3

Trail:  Orange
Route:  Start at Mt. Airy Avenue heading south to portion after Walnut Lane Bridge where trail heads away from the creek towards Rittenhouse Town, then turned back to starting point.
Miles:  3.0 (approx)
Number of dogs encountered:  9
What Harry and Charlie ate and drank:  Creek water
What Clarice ate and drank:  Nothing
Harry and Charlie's most exciting moment:  The first swim
Trouble:  None to report.  They were good boys.
Items lost:  My lens cap

Heading North

As Spring Break approached and the weather showed no signs of spring-like temperatures, I wondered what I could possibly have been thinking to be bringing our family to the Hudson River Valley in mud season.

Sensible people from Philadelphia were filling their bags with flip flops and had flights booked to regions with palm trees.  We were stuffing our warmest sweaters and thickest socks into our duffles.

I told Olivia we would simply bundle up, bring good attitudes on our hikes and then warm up inside small town shops and local restaurants.

We were so ready to be freezing that we actually weren't cold at all.  Our good attitudes were genuine as we took in the mountain views, explored towns, ate cheese, drank wine and snuggled in our pet-friendly B & B.  An added bonus to traveling against the flow, there were no crowds!

When we returned home, we weren't shivering and reminiscing about feeling the sand in our toes.  It felt like spring and daffodils were blooming in the garden. 

Harry and Charlie Wag The Wissahickon: Hike One

The pups and I are starting a new adventure together.  We are planning on hiking all the major trails of the Wissahickon.

I thought of the idea as a project for the new year, but the cold and mud have kept us on sidewalks around the neighborhood.   Like most of you, we are ready to be out, and the sunshine alone was enough reason to declare yesterday's hike our first towards our goal.

There will be lots of blurry photos.  They will not stay still!

I picked our most familiar hike as a starting point, so it was more of a grab the boots and go sort of affair.  Upcoming outings will require more planning.

I think the desire to do this comes from a shared joy of being out in the woods.  Harry and Charlie are beyond excited when they see me put on my boots.  They are as cute as can be on the trail, running side by side.  They watch out for each other and for me, turning to wait for me if I fall behind.

We've become creatures of habit, always taking the same few trails, so I thought it was time we explore what is further north and south, and what the view looks like from the other side of the creek.

Our destination: the covered bridge

I hope you will enjoy sharing our adventure with us and perhaps feel inspired to find a trail near you.

Facts about Hike #1

Trail:  Orange
Route: Valley Green to covered bridge and return
Miles: 3.0 (approx.)
Number of dogs we greeted: 0
Number of humans we greeted: 3
What Harry & Charlie ate and drank on the trail:  Leaves and sticks.
What Clarice ate and drank on trail:  Nothing.
Harry and Charlie's most exciting moment:  Realizing we were going on a hike.
Trouble: Thankfully none.